HTC Thunderbolt’s main delay rumored to be due to poor battery life

February 28, 2011
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Word has gotten out that what's causing one delay after another on the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt is poor battery life and HTCs frustrations with finding a way to fix it. Benchmarks at HTC are rumored to indicate that the best they've been able to do is three to four hours of battery life running the LTE/4G connectivity. Being that LTE is the hallmark of the Thunderbolt's performance, that simply will not do, so the Thunderbolt is delayed. AGAIN.

Running a 4.3" screen and 4G/LTE speeds, the phone is bound to have a battery challenge. But in today's mobile culture, users want a phone that can last the day. That's a must. Talk is that HTC is already planning a firmware update to correct any battery deficiency. But if they're having trouble working around the battery life issue, who knows when that update will be coming out. And about the only light at the end of this tunnel is the news that HTC may be dropping the price from $749, to $699 when it does actually come out.

[via Droid Life]


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  • fact

    not actually delayed if they never gave a release date

    • Ngarcia5626

      I spoke to someone from verizon and he said that the phone was set to be released within the first to weeks of March. This led me to beleive that the date of 3/10/11 is in fact correct unless there are serious problems with the battery life of the phone. the link below is a photo of the release date.

      http://www.phonedog.com/2011/02/25/htc-thunderbolt-leaks-show-another-possible-launch-date-299-99-price-tag/

      • Da Dog

        It does not look like Skype will be a part of the Thunderbolt intially as Verizon has take that part of the promo off of their site. Could that be why the price has seemed to go down in recent days?

  • Reliable Source

    I agree with fact. Every report on the device is that it has been delayed. I have yet to hear anything official from Verizon or HTC. Has anyone every thought that maybe “reliable sources” aren’t so reliable?

  • Reliable Source

    I agree with fact. Every report on the device is that it has been delayed. I have yet to hear anything official from Verizon or HTC. Has anyone every thought that maybe “reliable sources” aren’t so reliable?

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is that they have fixed the battery issue and given the phone the green light to be sold. Chances are it won’t be here by this thursday though, so i expect it will come on the 10th, because that is the next thursday.

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is that they have fixed the battery issue and given the phone the green light to be sold. Chances are it won’t be here by this thursday though, so i expect it will come on the 10th, because that is the next thursday.

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is that they have fixed the battery issue and given the phone the green light to be sold. Chances are it won’t be here by this thursday though, so i expect it will come on the 10th, because that is the next thursday.

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is that they have fixed the battery issue and given the phone the green light to be sold. Chances are it won’t be here by this thursday though, so i expect it will come on the 10th, because that is the next thursday.

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is that they have fixed the battery issue and given the phone the green light to be sold. Chances are it won’t be here by this thursday though, so i expect it will come on the 10th, because that is the next thursday.

  • Anonymous

    Rumor is that they have fixed the battery issue and given the phone the green light to be sold. Chances are it won’t be here by this thursday though, so i expect it will come on the 10th, because that is the next thursday.

  • viennapleads

    Yeah, it sucks more for those of us who don’t live in an area with LTE coverage. Some of us just want a good, new phone, rather than something that’s already been out for a year.

  • Fitzvip

    Whoever wrote this article needs to catch up. Reports came in early this morning that the firmware update was finished and the phone is ready to ship. Slacker ass website.

    • HTCAdvisor

      i want to know where this report you speak of came out. A friend of mine, employee of a local verizon, said to expect the phone in stores March 10th. whether or not that is accurate or not, its more than likely a March 10th release or later, than March 10th or sooner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aous.abdo Aous Abdo

    Who cares about a $50 savings when you have a phone with such a bad battery life.

  • Doobie581

    To be taken with a grain of salt…

    I went today to my local Best Buy (Secaucus NJ) and got back the money I paid for pre-ordering the Thunderbolt. I’m tired of this BS and whenever it comes out, I’ll get it, and god knows when that’s gonna be. The rep at the store claims that a regional Verizon bigwig had been in the store earlier, and said the phone will be released this Thursday the 3rd. I really hope that’s the case, but I’m not holding my breathe. Like I said, when it’s released, I’ll go get it. I just can’t believe that neither Verizon or HTC can give their customers a straight answer…

  • Guest

    so wait is it $749 with a contract?!?!? please reply back

    • Anonymous

      through best buy. 700 through verizon

    • Anonymous

      through best buy. 700 through verizon

    • Joebronco1

      No that’s without a contract

    • http://twitter.com/4eve Eve

      No probably 699, no contract and 249 – 299 with a 2 year. Don’t forget the 32Gig card included. Those are not cheap either.

  • Nikki

    From Verizon Wireless facebook site today:

    Verizon Wireless
    Hey fans, we appreciate all the excitement about the anticipated launch of the ThunderBolt by HTC. We’re excited too! Verizon 4G LTE is America’s fastest, most advanced 4G network & we want to ensure the advanced technology behind our first 4G LTE phone is flawless. We will announce its release date as soon as it is confirmed. Thanks for your support & patience while we work to bring you the ThunderBolt by HTC.7 hours ago

  • Nikki

    From Verizon Wireless facebook site today:

    Verizon Wireless
    Hey fans, we appreciate all the excitement about the anticipated launch of the ThunderBolt by HTC. We’re excited too! Verizon 4G LTE is America’s fastest, most advanced 4G network & we want to ensure the advanced technology behind our first 4G LTE phone is flawless. We will announce its release date as soon as it is confirmed. Thanks for your support & patience while we work to bring you the ThunderBolt by HTC.7 hours ago

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C3QB2WQP5PQ6IQ2GXEQ7JQBGMA David

    I went to the local verizon store to ask about the iphone 4. They said they won’t get shipments of more iphones till this wednesday, the 2nd, or thursday the 3rd. So, I asked about the thunderbolt and they wouldn’t give me the launch date but said “we get orders for every phone in the same shipment, and the shipments only come every 2-3 weeks.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C3QB2WQP5PQ6IQ2GXEQ7JQBGMA David

    I went to the local verizon store to ask about the iphone 4. They said they won’t get shipments of more iphones till this wednesday, the 2nd, or thursday the 3rd. So, I asked about the thunderbolt and they wouldn’t give me the launch date but said “we get orders for every phone in the same shipment, and the shipments only come every 2-3 weeks.”

  • Chris

    To guest. Thats full retail. most likely 250 or 300 with a 2 year commitment.

  • Chris

    To guest. Thats full retail. most likely 250 or 300 with a 2 year commitment.

    • Guest

      thanks for the info

  • Kmjnyc

    I don’t know much about the mobile industry, but I do work in marketing. My question, is how on earth did HTC get this far along in the “launch process” and then come to the realization that the battery sucked? Isn’t that something that should have been tested, tweaked and fixed a long time ago in order to meet a specific launch date?

    • http://twitter.com/4eve Eve

      I have never seen the launch date by Verizon or HTC in writing. I think it says either coming soon or nothing at all about the launch date. I think I would rather have the phone working than in my hands sooner and have the battery dead by lunch.

  • Guest

    Everybody keeps saying the launch has been delayed but there is no set release date

    • VerizonWireless

      The original release date was 15 Febuary 2011.

    • VerizonWireless

      The original release date was 15 Febuary 2011.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the 50 dollars off is for you to buy a spare battery with lol

    • Saitachi

      Yeah I mean who really wants a phone to only last three hours, maybe they should include a second battery in the box

      • David

        Put this phone in my daughter’s hands and this battery will last 30 minutes lol

  • mrdoon

    The obvious fix would be a higher capacity battery – 1450mah is just not enough for this device. Of course, that would require a redesign which HTC is unlikely to do. It reminds me of Apple and their issues with the antennae and the proximity sensor. (BTW, iOS and firmware updates didn’t fix those problems either!) Too bad because it otherwise looks like a great phone.

  • http://twitter.com/Nguyen Vincent Nguyen

    It shouldn’t be a BIG surprised to anyone Thunderbolt will have a shorter battery life than most superphones out there. Best solution for Verizon/HTC is to include a second battery and battery charger. I don’t mind swapping out the battery.

  • Ashely_kennedy6

    I’ve been waiting for this Piece of crap— but because it IS apparently a piece of crap.. I’m outa here now.

    See for the Thunderbolt II.. when they’ve worked out the kinks.

    BYE!

  • Paul

    Time to re-consider the iPHONE!

  • HTCthunderbolt

    Everyone please remain patient, the phone is coming no later than this month. Local verizon stores have stated to expect the HTC Thunderbolt to arrive in stores by Thursday March 10th. This gives both Verizon and HTC enough time to fix, via firmware, the battery life, as well as get it ready for shipment. You heard it here first, your source for all the hottest Gadgets!

  • HTCthunderbolt

    Everyone please remain patient, the phone is coming no later than this month. Local verizon stores have stated to expect the HTC Thunderbolt to arrive in stores by Thursday March 10th. This gives both Verizon and HTC enough time to fix, via firmware, the battery life, as well as get it ready for shipment. You heard it here first, your source for all the hottest Gadgets!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Moore/1448294151 Brian Moore

    I can tell you when I went into my local Verizon store outside of Charlotte, NC to inquire about buying my first smart phone on Friday, Feb. 25th, the rep there told me all about the Thunderbolt and convinced me to put down a deposit saying it would be in on Tuesday March 1st…no ifs, ands or buts about it. I went by today after reading online about the delays and suggested firing that rep for promising something that obviously was not true…very unhappy with Verizon at the moment!

    • Tool

      unless you went ot best buy noway you went and put a down payment on it

  • David

    My HTC Droid Incredible has a shattered screen and I need a phone, to wait for the thunderbolt release and now acknowledging the problem with its battery sucks pretty bad.